Why you need to dream big ... sounds like the title of 32 different motivational books.
Matt Kemp, however, is dreaming really big. Record big. You’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me big.
His 2011 cry of “40-40” was impressive stuff, and he nearly became the fifth player in major-league history to pull it off, finishing the season with 39 home runs and 40 steals.
Now he’s upped the ante.
“Fifty-fifty,” Kemp said.
That’s his 2012 goal. And hey, why not? Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown examines and applauds Kemp for giving himself lofty goals. Fifty-fifty never has been accomplished in a single season by any player in baseball history.
Of course, hitting 50 homers can get a little in the way of stealing 50 bases. Hard to steal when you’re trotting around the diamond.
Also on the Web:
-- Jonathan Broxton told the Associated Press he’s happy to be in the Kansas City camp and isn’t worried about his post-surgery velocity: “I could come out this year and throw 100 or come back and throw 95. You never know what your velocity is going to be.”
-- The Times’ Bill Shaikin reports on the Bryan Stow family charge that the Dodgers are using bankruptcy court to shield them from their liability claim.
-- In a Fox video, manager Don Mattingly looks to the team’s coming season.
-- Veteran baseball writer Tony Jackson is ESPN/L.A.’s new Dodgers bloggers, and here reports on Rubby De La Rosa’s progress.
-- True Blue L.A.’s Eric Stephen is scheduled to be with the Dodgers all spring, and reports on Jerry Sands arriving at camp and wanting to start.
-- The Dodgers have claimed speedy outfielder Matt Angle off waivers from the Orioles, and in a corresponding move, placed De La Rosa on the 60-day disabled list to create roster room.
-- Mike Petriello gets in touch with his optimistic side in this look at the Dodgers’ coming season.
-- Reid Forgrave at Fox looks back on the historic effect of Dr. Frank Jobe’s ground-breaking Tommy John surgery.
-- Remember, he can play first! Jay Gibbons has signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers.
-- In a video from MLB, excited closer Javy Guerra says he thinks the Dodgers can win it all.
-- Steve Dilbeck